Pierre Coupey, Field III (2010-2012), oil on canvas over panel [Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC, Apr 4-27] Courtesy the artist and Gallery Jones
Pierre Coupey: Cutting Out the Tongue
West Vancouver Museum
West Vancouver BC Mar 6-Apr 27, 2013
Art Gallery at Evergreen
Coquitlam BC Mar 16-Apr 27, 2013
Pierre Coupey: Field Work
Gallery Jones, Vancouver BC Apr 4-27, 2013
Pierre Coupey is a well-known Vancouver painter and English instructor who taught at Capilano College from 1970 to 2003, and has continued to teach at Capilano since it became a university. The author of several books of poetry, chapbooks and catalogues, Coupey has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows nationally and internationally.
Coupeys work is being shown at three venues in the spring of 2013. A solo exhibition at Gallery Jones, Field Work, features a body of paintings inspired by Rilke oil paintings covered with scribbled, calligraphic marks that reference poetry. The focus is the wheat fields of the Prairies, France and the Ukraine.
Co-curated by Darrin Morrison and Astrid Heyerdahl, the West Vancouver Museum and the Art Gallery at the Evergreen Cultural Centre have concurrently mounted Cutting Out the Tongue: Selected Work 1976-2012, a major survey show of 40 paintings on canvas and paper.
Pierre Coupey was born in Montreal in 1942. He earned a BA at McGill University and an MA at the University of British Columbia. In 1967 he was a founding co-editor of the Georgia Straight, and in 1971 the founding editor of The Capilano Review. Major public collections include the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Kamloops Art Gallery, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery.